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Temporary versus permanent scalp micropigmentation - Which is best?

Improvements in the field of micropigmentation have introduced a new temporary option so that you may decide the duration of the effects of treatment or test a look before making it permanent.

Each of these options has it’s own advantages and disadvantages of course, which we will take a look at. This list is not exhaustive but will offer you general insight into the two options and explain some important factors for comparison and consideration.

Advantages of Temporary SMP

The advantage to having a temporary treatment is that you have the chance to “try out your new look” without being committed to keeping it. Vinci Hair Clinic is not a place where you have to worry about getting a “bad job” done but nevertheless, for some customers it is still more reassuring to know that the results are not forever. If you have doubts as to whether the outcome will look authentic or real enough, then this is a way to test it out.

Additionally, by trying out the process you are able to learn about the maintenance requirements first hand before committing to a permanent change in your daily routine.

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Disadvantages of Temporary SMP

If you decide you love the new look and want to keep it, then the overall cost becomes higher as you then have to undergo the permanent treatment afterward. Or, as some customers decide, another temporary treatment again.

The duration of the effects from the temporary pigmentation vary from person to person making it hard to predict the fading period of the temporary option.

Advantages of Permanent SMP

Once the permanent job is done your set with the new look and almost inconsequential maintenance. Touch-ups on the permanent procedure can be useful if fading occurs, but usually not needed until at least 4 – 7 years following treatment.

With the permanent option you don’t have to repeat the procedure as you would with the temporary option, which is more costly and requires you to go through the initial healing process again.

Important to know is that permanent SMP procedure is actually not as rigid as some might think. It can be completely removed by laser and have alterations and adjustments made if desired. Even though it will last if it you want it, you are still free to change your mind later.

You will save money by doing the permanent procedure from the start rather than choosing the temporary option and then having to re-apply the permanent pigment, and because the permanent option doesn’t automatically imply that you cannot later change your mind either slightly or completely, it can be a good way to go.

Disadvantages to Permanent SMP

Although fading does happen slightly over time, the effects of a permanent treatment really do last. Although this is an advantage for many, if you did decide you wanted to fully remove the pigment, then a laser procedure is required.

What do we offer?

At Vinci Hair Clinic we are able to discuss both options with you, and provide either treatment type. For more information please contact us.

How quickly does scalp micropigmentation fade?

How quickly does scalp micropigmentation fade?

smp-fadingSome of the most common questions we are asked about scalp micropigmentation is whether or not the pigments will fade over time, how quickly and what the scalp will look like as a result.

The fading process is actually very straightforward. It is influenced primarily by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, tanning beds etc, and your own immune system.

Managing your exposure to the sun and tanning beds can be easy or challenging depending on where you live, and your lifestyle. If you live in a hot country or work outside for long periods of time, it can sometimes be difficult and undesirable to properly protect your scalp at all times.


Your immune system will do what it can to disperse the pigmentation within your scalp. Thankfully this process takes decades to significantly fade your treatment and is therefore of no real concern in the short to medium term.

How long is your treatment likely to last?

Following your initial SMP procedure, you are most likely to need additional sessions to correct fading during the first 12 months. After then, most clients do not need additional pigmentation for several years.

A realistic expectation is to return to your clinic once or twice in the short term to correct minor fading, usually in small inconspicuous patches, then to allow an additional short treatment session every 5-7 years to keep your new hair looking its very best.

Can a different treatment approach increase its longevity?

In a word, no. We are often asked to use darker pigments or a denser dispersal in the belief that this will reduce fading, but it won't.

At Vinci Hair Clinic we always strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and that means creating a totally flawless match between your SMP and your real hair. This requires exact pigment selection by a skilled Vinci technician, and cannot be compromised by using pigments that are too dark or applied too densely.

What advice do we offer?

There is a limit to what extent you can control your exposure to the sun, and there is nothing you can (or should try to) do to stop your immune system from doing what is basically its proper function. There are steps you can take however to get the best longevity from your scalp micropigmentation, as follows:

  • Use adequate sun protection when exposed for long periods of time. Sun protection could include a suitable grade SPF barrier cream or a hat
  • Avoid tanning salons, or if you must use them, cover your treated scalp area
  • Moisturise your scalp daily to maintain good skin health
  • Avoid using any products on your scalp that contain a high alcohol content

Is scalp micropigmentation a painful experience?

Is scalp micropigmentation a painful experience?

pain-levelThere is no shame in admitting that you're concerned about how much your treatment is likely to hurt. Men from all over the world, from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and with a whole range of different pain thresholds, report the same concern about pain. The good news is that it's really nothing much to worry about.

Whilst scalp micropigmentation is a much more sophisticated process than a tattoo, the sensation is similar in a way, and easier for people to understand by having something to compare it to. Actually SMP is much less uncomfortable than a tattoo. During a tattoo procedure, a needle is dragged across the skin inserting ink deep into the dermis. During an SMP procedure a large number of tiny incisions are made at a much shallower depth. Most people who have had both SMP and normal tattoos report that SMP is a much more comfortable process.


What can be done if I am really concerned about the potential pain level?

There are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to pain, as follows:

Try to relax

Panic and anxiety heightens the sensation of pain. If you arrive for your sessions relaxed, calm and collected, you are likely to experience less pain.

Use medication

Regular over the counter medication may help, if taken an hour before your session. Suggested medications include Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Codeine. Ensure you do not use blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin. Topical anaesthetic creams should not be used unless advised by your clinician, as they may interfere with your pigmentation.

Avoid alcohol

Some clients ask if they can arrive for their sessions in a slightly intoxicated state, to enable them to manage pain and anxiety more effectively. Please be advised this is not recommended or allowed, and we reserve the right to refuse to treat clients who we believe are intoxicated.

Bring a distraction

Many clients find that a distraction such as music from an iPod or other device can help take their mind off any pain. If you are really concerned about discomfort, we are happy for you to bring a suitable device with you.

Should I be concerned?

In almost all cases, no. Scalp micropigmentation does involve a little discomfort, but certainly not a significant level of pain. Most clients breeze through each session with just a little discomfort, nothing more. The sensation is actually soothing for some.


Was Wayne Rooney's hair transplant a good decision in hindsight?

Wayne Rooney is a top football superstar, among the best in the world and idolised by millions. When you are such a popular public figure, it is understandable why you would want to look your best due to the close scrutiny of every aspect of your life by the world's media.

This is why Rooney paid special attention to his hair and when baldness became a real issue, he took action. I guess he got fed up with the 'Shrek' jokes and wanted to feel good about his appearance. Wayne Rooney's hair transplant created a media storm, starting with a photo and comment he posted on his Twitter account, quickly followed by further confirmation on Twitter by his wife Coleen Rooney.

Wayne Rooney before and after his hair transplant
Wayne Rooney tweeted - “Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not.”

Following this admission, two things happened:

First, the inevitable scrutiny gathered unprecedented pace. Well-meaning comments on Twitter from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured that anyone who didn't already know now did, and every newspaper and gossip magazine wanted the story. Several stories emerged that his hair transplant was a failure, his hair was falling out, his hair was going grey and there was also stark criticism of some of the hairstyles he chose. Most of these stories were entirely unfair, but it would be a fair comment to say he's had a rough time from fans and the media.

The second thing that happened was that all of a sudden, hair transplants among footballers were no longer a taboo subject. Given the influence that the footballing world has over millions of impressionable fans, this shift in attitude was huge. We believe this played a significant role in changing attitudes towards hair transplant surgery, and would explain in part why so many British clinics are busier than ever before.

Wayne Rooney seems more handsome nowadays than he did in the past, and most of this merit is that of his hair transplants. The first transplant did its job at the time, but something more was needed as Rooney’s hair wasn’t playing ball in the way that was expected. If you are a fan of Rooney, you can surely remember his looks in the past and how his hairline evolved over time. The temple area was pretty much empty when he did the first transplant, only the island at the top of his forehead remaining in place. The transplant filled in all the necessary areas, but it wasn’t enough. After a while, various images of Wayne Rooney appeared and it seems that the baldness moved towards the back of his head. He dealt with that issue, as well, thanks to a second transplant and now he looks much better, boasting a head virtually full of hair.

The thing that we should admire the most when it comes to Wayne Rooney and his hair is that he wasn’t ashamed the tiniest bit of the fact that he was going bald – he didn’t try to cover up his head with caps or wigs. He just went with the available options and he had a hair transplant. He even shared pictures of it on Twitter. This is a great thing to do, especially when you are such a well-known celebrity. There is little you can do to hide the problem and coming out of the closet from the first day is a great approach.

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Your scalp micropigmentation shaving routine

Scalp Micropigmentation, or SMP, is one of the few permanent solutions to male hair loss on the market. It requires a bit of care following the treatment but the daily maintenance isn’t anymore than real hair would require. This is one of the greatest benefits to SMP when compared with other hair loss treatments.

Wet shaving

Wet shaving with a straight razor was the original method employed to achieve that smooth post-shave feel. Today wet shaving is still popular but the advent of double and multiple blade shaving devices along with protective edges and wires in a multitude of designs have reduced the risk of cuts.

Wet shaving is still possible after SMP treatments. In fact many clients, especially after fading starts to occur years after the procedure, have found that a wet shave is the ideal look to highlight the hairline on an SMP.

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Electric shaving

Many people prefer electric razors to the wet shave as it takes less time and doesn’t require access to a sink, water and soap. Plus, you have the option to change the hair length desired. There are even electric razors on the market today that are safe to use in the shower so you can now enjoy the benefits of both the soft hair of the wet shave without stepping out of the shower to do it.

SMP Treatment and your daily shaving routine

Every person and therefore each scalp micropigmentation process is unique. Our expert consultants assess the individuals’ hair colour, thickness, density and skin tone to prepare the appropriate application for each customer. Because each treatment and resulting density is different in each case, the maintenance and after care is a bit different from person to person as well. However, on average, our customers maintain their head every other day.

Keeping track of your hair’s growth rate will be an important factor in maintenance. It will be useful to have a pair of clippers with adjustable settings so that you may plan the frequency of use. The best thing to do is a bit of experimenting to see what works best for you.

What exactly is scalp micropigmentation?

What exactly is scalp micropigmentation?

You may have been researching various options for treating your own hair loss, and have encountered scalp micropigmentation, possibly for the first time. If you are wondering what exactly it is, you have stumbled upon the exact source to answer all your questions.

When it comes to various treatments and alternatives for hair loss, it must be said that scalp micropigmentation, or SMP for short, is a relatively new idea. It originated a little more than a decade ago, but it quickly spread across the world. At Vinci Hair Clinic we applied our vast experience in the hair restoration industry to further improve the techiques already being used, to create what we believe is the most advanced form of SMP in existence.

What does SMP really do?

The SMP process is simple in its idea – it pigments your head so that it appears as if you have real hair, closely shaved to the scalp. It is a process of significant complexity, and even though there are those who would advise you to go to a tattoo parlor, it is highly recommended that you don’t – the processes and technology used for the service are very specific and bear no resemblance whatsoever to the services offered by a tattoo artist.


When you have a full head of hair which is shaved, it appears as though there are many tiny dots on your scalp. The process aims to achieve this effect as closely as possible.

Does it look like real hair?

If you go to the right professional, there is no doubt that SMP looks incredibly realistic. If the process is applied properly, there is no reason why anyone you mix with needs to know you've had any work done. The illusion is so believable, even you might find it hard to tell the difference.

The most important thing to consider is how pigmentation actually matches your hair. Vinci Hair Clinic specialists make sure that they combine the synthetic with the actual as best as possible to achieve an immaculate illusion.

What is the mechanism behind the process?

In most scenarios the whole process will take about 6-10 hours, spread across 3 or 4 sessions. There are many factors to be considered for the timeframe, including your extent of balding, the head size, and the exact style you wish to match.

You will usually find yourself in a lengthy discussion before the actual process begins. It is essential for the clinician to understand what exactly you are after, and this needs to be discussed in full detail. This consultation does not take long to complete however.

Over the course of several sessions, your head will be pigmented. This will continue until the right density and style for your new desired hair is reached. Once the process is completed, you will be asked to not wash, dry or shave your head for a period of 5 days. If the need applies, you may be required to take another session after a week or so. Every session will let the old dots subside, and the redness, which is initially present, will slowly subside.

What is the impact of fading on the treatment?

As the pigment is applied, each dot carries a small wound with it. It scabs over time, and the pigment is trapped underneath. When the scab falls away, some of the pigment is lost with it, while the body’s immune system attacks the rest.

These two things will end up shrinking the dots and lightening the skin around them, which of course results in loss of colour. This is why several treatments over the course of a few weeks are required in order to make a proper assessment.

Every person will have their own rate of fading and lightening. This will not have an effect on the final results, but it decides the number of treatments, which you will need to partake in. This is why it is highly advisable that you require a whole quote, not a per-session price.

Is the process painful?

If you ask most people, they will tell you that it is similar to getting a tattoo, but far less constant as a sensation. This said, it must be clarified that it is a little uncomfortable rather than painful.

The pain cannot be compared to a hair transplant as it is far milder. However you could go for some painkillers, even though a relaxed state of mind is likely to benefit you more.

What is the cost of SMP?

For a full explanation of costs, please see this article.

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Guidelines for Scalp Micro Pigmentation Aftercare

On the internet you will find a lot of aftercare guidelines for scalp micropigmentation. The trouble is a lot of so-called guidelines provide incorrect information and it is easy to get lost among conflicting advice. This is why this comprehensive guide should help you out in making all the right decisions along the way.

The biggest problem with SMP is that there are many men who are done with their treatments, but have absolutely no idea what to do afterwards. If you're not sure how to care for your new look, the information below should serve you well.

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Can these guidelines help with fading?

Yes, they can help. However, it must be said that fading is a completely natural process and it cannot be stopped in any way – only slowed as much as possible. The following is a list in chronological order about the various self-treatments you should undertake.


If you are okay with this, you should shave your head before the first session takes place. There are a few reasons to achieve this:

  • The shock after the first session will be lessened.
  • You can find all marks and scars, which you may decide to leave or cover with the treatment.
  • If you suffer from dry skin, this will give you the opportunity to moisturise properly before you undergo treatment.
  • If you are tanned, you can give your scalp some time to balance out the colours.

The most important thing to consider is moisturising, as you will need to do this at least 3-4 times a day in the final days leading to your treatment. You should not be worried about the particular moisturiser you use, you just make sure that you give your technician a healthy canvas to work on, without any dry spots to impede the process.

If you wish to use painkillers, you should start making the choice of what to use as early on as possible or otherwise you may forget about it. Do not be overly concerned however, as scalp micropigmentation treatments only usually involve mild discomfort that is perfectly manageable.

Before you go to your initial appointment, you really need to consider your hairline. Use a makeup pencil to mock up potential hairline positions and shapes on your scalp and take photos as reference to get the idea as close to the original as possible. If you take photos, your technician should be able to give you the exact results that you are after.

After every session:

Of course all this needle work will require your scalp to heal a bit, and this means that you cannot allow yourself to interfere with it at all for the next few days. There are scabs that form over each of the needle marks, and when they heal up, they take a bit of the pigment with them. This is considered as fading by many people, even though it is not exactly that.

  • Do not wash your head in any way for at least 3 days following a treatment.
  • Do not go to gyms, saunas, beaches or other places where you can sweat.
  • On the fourth day you can use only water to wash your scalp, and start moisturising for the next session.
  • A gentle facial cleanser can be used for cleaning the scalp after 7 days.
  • Any abrasive factors such as sunbathing, exfoliating or heavy sweating should be avoided for a month after the final treatment.

About a month after it has ended, you can continue living life to the fullest.

SMP Aftercare:

There are many so-called professionals who will only add confusion to the table when they explain aftercare. To make things perfectly simple, you need to make sure that your lifestyle is balanced – you cannot end up obsessing over your SMP treatment.

The long-term guidelines that you can follow are the following:

  • Make sure you have proper sun protection each time you are in the sun, at least for the scalp, in order to preserve the pigmentation.
  • Do not go for sunbeds if you value your health.
  • Make sure you do not use cosmetics and other products, which contain a high value of alcohol in them.
  • Use an exfoliating cleanser as often as possible throughout the week.
  • Make sure that our scalp is properly moisturised every day.

Scars from a FUE hair transplant

Scalp Micro Pigmentation for FUE scars

It is common knowledge that scalp micropigmentation is used to hide hair transplant scars, however many people do not realise that SMP works for dot-type FUE scars as well as the more common strip scar.

This is odd when you consider that FUE (follicular unit extraction) is a more modern hair transplant technique in widespread use today. The purpose of this article is to show how scalp micropigmentation can be used to hide scars resulting from follicular unit extraction, or FUE surgery.

How is FUE scarring different?

The FUT procedure is more commonly referred to as the strip method, and results in a linear scar across the donor area, usually the back of the head. The width of the scar is largely decided by the surgeons skill level. FUE scars are minimal in the recipient area, but can be seen as multiple round scars in the donor area.

Basically strip scars are linear at the back of the head, whilst FUE scars are consist of multiple small areas, usually round. FUE scarring also occurs in the recipient area (usually the frontal hairline or close to it), although these scars are much smaller and harder to see.

Scars from a FUE hair transplant

So what is possible?

Actually, FUE scars are much easier to cover with scalp micropigmentation than strip scars. They are less obvious in the first place and naturally blend better with the surrounding skin. For this reason, SMP procedures of this nature are usually very successful.

If SMP is used in this way and you still have a fair amount of real hair, you might not need to shave your hair to get a good result. Many people use SMP as an undercoat, covering up their FUE scars and letting their real hair grow through. Whether or not this is possible is dependent on your circumstances.

Remember that scar tissue of any kind is less predictable than undamaged skin. Most clients need 2-3 sessions of SMP, however some may need more if the pigmentation fades heavily. Hope for the best and plan for the worst, and you will get there sooner rather than later. Keep your expectations realistic.

Want to see some results?

Of course you do, that's why you're here! As mentioned previously, examples of FUE scar camouflage are few and far between but I've done my best to pull together some resources, as follows:

FUE scars camouflaged by Vinci
These photos show a set of FUE scars camouflaged by Vinci Hair Clinic
FUE scars close-up
This zoomed-in photo shows FUE scars well camouflaged with SMP. These dots were recently applied and still have some fading to do

Should you use SMP to hide your FUE scars?

At Vinci Hair Clinic we offer a world class scalp micropigmentation service in all our clinics. To properly assess your circumstances we would ideally need to see you in person, however in most cases SMP can be used to conceal scars from FUE surgery to great effect.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial – Sandy

Sandy, a builder from Glasgow gives us his genuine Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial about his hair transformation experience with Vinci Hair Clinic.

Sandy always had his hair fairly short, and wasn’t until fairly recently really bothered about his hair loss. Becoming single at 47 changed that, and he decided he wanted a change in look.

He came across the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic. After a consultation at the clinic in Glasgow city Centre with our consultant Scott McGaw, decided to have his treatment with us, and as you can see by his completely natural looking fantastic results, he was extremely pleased.

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Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Sandy

Sandy, a builder from Glasgow gives us his genuine Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial about his hair transformation experience with Vinci Hair Clinic.

Sandy always had his hair fairly short, and wasn’t until fairly recently really bothered about his hair loss. Becoming single at 47 changed that, and he decided he wanted a change in look.

He came across the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic. After a consultation at the clinic in Glasgow city Centre with our consultant Scott McGaw, decided to have his treatment with us, and as you can see by his completely natural looking fantastic results, he was extremely pleased.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Scott

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Scott

Scott McGaw gives us his genuine Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial about his experience with Vinci Hair Clinic.

Scott was always very conscious of his thinning hair, and had spent a lot of time researching various methods of hair replacement and hair pigmentation. “It was when i was about 21 or 22 when I started to lose my hair.” Says Scott. “I was using concealers to cover it up to try and cover it up.”

He came across the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic. After a consultation at our dedicated London clinic, Scott decided to have his treatment with our experienced team at Wigmore Street, and as you can see by his fantastic results, he was very pleased.

Scott During His SMP Treatment

“The problem area I had was the crown area. The fact was there was not much hair in that area. It was very thin.”

Scott has three Scalp Micro Pigmentation sessions at our clinic, where the density was re-applied using our unique pigmentation technique.

“The procedure has done me the world of good. I looks like there is now here there, but there is not; its pigment. The SMP was done over three sessions, where the first session drew in the desired hair line I wanted.”

The treatment added density, and the only maintenance Scott has to do is shave his head ever 2-3 days. “It works really good. I keeps the contrast from the pigment to my hair very precise so nobody can notice the difference between my hair and the pigmentation.